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Recent Study Shows Parents Often Distracted When Teaching Teens to Drive

In the midst of National Teen Driver Safety Week, USAToday reported about a State Farm survey which concluded that over half of all parents admit to being distracted by devices- such as cellphones, GPS systems, or the radio- while teaching their teens to drive. However, when the survey asked teens, they said that over 60% of parents were distracted when teaching them to drive.

After reading this report, our Illinois accident attorneys wanted to remind our parent readers that they are role models for their teen drivers. If parents want teens to stay off the phone and stay focused on the road, they should set the same example while teaching them the rules of the road. The survey also reported that over half of the teens surveyed had been in the car when their parents drove and used the cell phone simultaneously. A Transportation Secretary stated that putting the cell phone away when driving “is not just common sense safe behavior, it’s a life-long lesson for the children in the backseat.” Continuing on with National Teen Driver Safety Week, parents should help teach their teens to drive safely.

Our Chicago car accident attorneys also read on Market Watch online that although there are many organizations spreading the word about the risks of distracted driving, it is often the parents’ behaviors that teach teens that driving while distracted is okay. If parents want their children to avoid distractions when on the road, they should avoid distractions not only when their teens are in the car observing or driving, but also at all times when behind the wheel. While their teen is behind the wheel learning to drive, parents should be equally as alert in order to teach more effectively and be an alert coach.

Whether behind the wheel or riding with a teen driver, parents should set the example that they want their teens to follow. Our Illinois car crash lawyers encourage teens and their parents to spend more time behind the wheel together, and to become educated together. When a teenager learns to drive, it is a great opportunity for parents to brush-up on their driving skills and also learn about how to be a safer driver themselves. Hopefully the messaged being sent to teen drivers this week will resonate with parents and other family members so that everyone cuts down on distracted driver. If parents teach their children about driving safety, they will feel more comfortable with their teens behind the wheel, and will instill in them the qualities of a driver that they want their teen to possess. We hope all of our readers will avoid distractions, when they are with their teen in the car, and when their teens are not in the car as well.